Balancing breakfast

 

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I had my first dutch baby the morning after our wedding. We and our bridal party went out for breakfast. Everything looked fantastic and someone had the brilliant idea of ordering a dutch baby with peaches for the table. I owe that individual many thanks.

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A serious cake for a serious party

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I was honored to make the birthday cake for my father-in-law’s surprise 60th.He’s a man with very classic tastes and a fondness for banana bread. To dress up this tea time treat, I added some whisky and cream cheese frosting. Makes everything better!

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Hello again

13428467_10207099197781921_7649942676644795737_nWhere can I even begin?

Well, you can thank (or blame) my sister for my return. She and I don’t get to spend as much time together as we used to and it has led to me neglecting things. She is always very encouraging of my cooking (because I think she appreciates having cookies around our parents’ house).

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A bright spot

10471602_10205587910600686_7431867052160047430_oAmongst the many new additions to my cookbook collection is a book on salads. Despite the cold weather, I have been craving a bit of brightness. This dish does the trick.

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Stocking up for winter

11231158_10205587895960320_3253592848051496692_oFrom what I hear, this winter is going to be a particularly cold one. Currently, acorns litter the parking lot at work and every day the walk to the building gets more treacherous.

So, I’ve pulled out the electric blankets, bought some spray foam insulation, and started preserving the last of the summer produce. I love the taste of fresh tomato sauce, so naturally those have been canned some weeks ago. Now I’m just getting around to a new love, roasted red peppers under olive oil.

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Falling into fall

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I resist eating squash throughout the spring and summer. Even in early fall, like now, I normally try to resist. Something about squash really calls out for crisp, sunny weather to me. And now that I finally have some, I’m stocking up.

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A food lover’s dream

The itinerary was Milan, Como, Lazise, and Venice. And it could not have been a more perfect way to celebrate being Mr. and Mrs. Fictional Kitchen. If you are anywhere near a Venchi Chocolates, you must absolutely get some gelato. It is amongst the best I have ever eaten!

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